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Student mental wellbeing is a one day conference offered jointly by UUK and the Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education Working Group (MWBHE). The event will inspire delegates to review and refine current strategy or build new systems to support students within their institution to improve mental wellbeing.
• Develop an understanding of how students and universities can work together
• Find out about latest policy developments and best practice
• Walk away with actionable strategies to implement within your institution
• Hear advice on working with the NHS
• Network and exchange ideas with colleagues
Mental wellbeing is crucial to every student’s academic outcome and experience of university life. Higher Education students are increasingly being put under a huge amount of pressure from their growing financial commitments, academic outcome and therefore future career. Working in partnership, internally and externally, increasingly seems the way forward for Universities seeking to support students’ mental wellbeing in a time of increasing need yet with resources that stand still at best. Students need and deserve support: how can we make this work, and can we look beyond ourselves into a more coordinated and outward looking structure and strategy for student support?
We have a range of sponsorship opportunities available at this event. Please contact Rachael Firth, Head of Events and Conferences for information. tel: 020 7419 5402; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
John De Pury, Assistant Director, Universities UK
Norman Lamb MP for North Norfolk, Liberal Democrats
John de Pury, Assistant Director of Policy, Universities UK
Craig Thorley, Senior Research Fellow, IPPR
Craig Thorley, Senior Research Fellow, IPPR
Nicola Barden, Director of Student Services at University of Winchester
Malia Bouattia, President, National Union of Students
Ruth Bradford, Early Intervention and Prevention Drug and Alcohol Worker and Universities Lead at BARCA-Leeds
Rosie Tressler, Chief Executive, Student Minds
Sally Olohan MBE, Head of Student Support Services, Nottingham Trent University
A collaborative pilot by Student Minds, UPP and Nottingham Trent University has developed specialist training and resources for accommodation staff and peer supporters. The training aims to:
• increase knowledge around mental health;
• help staff spot the signs of students who are struggling;
• improve skills to enable supportive conversations; and
• raise awareness of the university’s support network, including referral pathways and procedures.
Best practice resources for Freshers’ week, accommodation welcome packs and ongoing collaborative work are included in the pilot. This session will outline the project collaboration, impact and future development plans.
PC Matt Guy, Police Officer, University of Leeds
Jeanette Hannah, Mental Health Team Manager, University of Leeds
Lydia Pell, Chair, UMHAN
Dr Anna Matthew, Head, University Mentoring Organisation
This workshop, facilitated by two experienced practitioners, Anna and Lydia, will look at what Mental Health Mentoring is, and why it is necessary in the educational sector.
It will be a discussion based session, offering the opportunity to think about in house and external models of support, the efficacy of mental health mentoring from case studies, feedback and research, quality assurance, and developing relationships that enable independence. It will be a useful session for those who want to know more about how Mental Health Mentoring works in practice.
Sarah Moffatt, Welfare and Equality Officer, Edinburgh Students’ Association
This session will explore the benefits of a collaborative approach between Universities and Students’ Unions
towards student mental health, as well as ways to engage students in the planning and execution of campaigns and events relating to mental health and wellbeing. Drawing on the lessons learnt from the University of Edinburgh ’s award-winning #LetsTalk campaign, there will be examples of event programmes, social media campaigns, and promotional items.
Karen Harvey, Service Development Manager (Education), Samaritans
Suicide postvention – the activities and programmes designed to assist those bereaved by suicide, play a critical role in suicide prevention – what we all do makes a difference. Effective postvention can help prevent further deaths. Samaritans have been providing postvention advice and support since 2010 and have a wealth of experience in supporting communities in distress who have been bereaved by suicide.
In this workshop Samaritans will share what we have learnt, from our experiences and evidence based research. We will explore what the key principles of effective postvention activities are, learn some strategies to reduce the risk of contagion and through some interactive case scenarios, consider the roles and responsibilities of everyone in developing a comprehensive and safe response to a suspected suicide
Dr Joan O’Mahony, Academic Lead, Retention, Higher Education Academy (HEA)
Dr Ruth Caleb, Head of Counselling, Brunel University London
Professor Geoff Layer, Vice-Chancellor, University of Wolverhampton
Gregor Henderson, National Lead for Wellbeing and Mental Health, Public Health England
The chair will interview the GP and Psychiatrist inviting question from the audience
- Dr Dominique Thompson, Director of Service, University of Bristol Students’ Health Service
- Dr Rebecca Jacob, Psychiatrist, Cambridge University
John de Pury is Assistant Director of Policy at Universities UK. John currently leads policy programmes on Health and the Future University and directs the UUK Health Research Networks. Prior to this, he led the Research & Innovation desk at NHS Confederation. He has a background in higher education and health policy and infrastructure in east, south east and central Asia.
Norman Lamb has been the Liberal Democrat MP for North Norfolk since 2001. After serving as a minister in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, he was appointed Minister of State for Care and Support at the Department of Health in September 2012 and served in this position until the end of the Coalition Government in May 2015. As Health Minister, Norman worked to reform the care system and led the drive to integrate health and social care, with a greater focus on preventing ill health. He also challenged the NHS to ensure that mental health was treated with the same priority as physical health, including the introduction of access and waiting standards in mental health for the first time. He is now the Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson.
Nicola Barden has worked in Higher Education since 1991, for many years as Head of Counselling Services at Aston and then Portsmouth Universities, and latterly as Director of Student Services at the University of Winchester. She was the Chair of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy from 2005-08, having previously served as Chair of their Professional Standards Committee and editor of their monthly journal, ‘Therapy Today’. She has published in the field of gender, sexuality and psychotherapy and is co-editing with Ruth Caleb a book on Student Mental Health and Wellbeing in HE. She is Secretary of the Mental Wellbeing in HE Working Group, which is supported by UUK.
Malia Bouattia has been NUS President since July 2016, following two years as NUS Black Students’ Officer. Student mental health service provision is one of the pillars of NUS’ flagship campaign for 2017, Liber8 Education.
Lydia Pell is the current Chair of the University Mental Health Advisors Network (UMHAN). She is also the Deputy Head of Service and Mental Health Co-ordinator within the Student Counselling and Mental Health Service at City, University of London. She has worked within FE and HE as a mental health advisor since 2009. Previously she has worked in emotional and behavioural support in secondary schools, as an Art Psychotherapist in psychiatric settings, and youth drug services. She is a champion of user led initiatives, including peer led support, and strives to work with students to achieve their potential and to challenge stigma and barriers along the way.
Dr Ruth Caleb has over 30 years’ experience as a counsellor and psychotherapist in a wide variety of settings, including ChildLine, AIDS and HIV counselling and private practice. For the last 24 years, she has specialised in counselling university students and staff, and during the past 16 years has been Head of Counselling at Brunel University London. Previously Chair of the BACP Universities and Colleges expert division, Ruth is currently Chair of the Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education (MWBHE) Working Group (supported by Universities UK / Guild HE). She has authored papers, articles and book chapters on the subject of student mental wellbeing. She also has a role as an Academic Adviser on the Doctorate in Psychotherapy programme jointly run by Metanoia Institute and Middlesex University.
Sarah graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2014 with a degree in Politics. Since then she has worked as the Welfare and Equality Officer at Edinburgh University Students’ Association where she specialises in supporting marginalised and underrepresented groups of students. In 2015, she was part of the team who designed and launched the award-winning #LetsTalk week and campaign.
Karen has always worked in and been passionate about education. Karen was a primary school teacher for ten years, then worked a further ten years in an Advisory role for PSHE for a Local Authority, taking responsibility for coordinating curriculum developments and Local Authority policies and practices in anti-bullying and emotional health and well-being.
Karen was also a consultant for the National Healthy Schools programme before becoming a freelance consultant focussing on anti-bullying and cyber safety, training students, staff and parents. In addition to this she worked in a voluntary role as a peer mentor for young people.
Five years ago, Karen began working for Samaritans developing the charities services for young people. As the Education Service Development Manager, she is currently developing suicide prevention and postvention programmes for a wide range of education settings. She is excited to be sharing the knowledge and experiences of Samaritans in postvention activities with a wider audience.
Karen is passionate about the rights, safety and well-being of young people. She endeavours to ensure that everyone knows how to recognise when they need support, and where and how they can access support from. Karen also has qualifications in Holistic Stress Mmanagement, MHFA and PSHE teaching and is a CEOP trained ambassador.
Dr Joan O' Mahony joined the Academy in 2011 and has worked across a number of the Academy's learning and teaching teams, including Embedding Equality in the Curriculum in Scotland, Internationalisation, and Student Retention and Success. Joan has recently led the 2016-17 Transition, Retention and Attainment Strategic Enhancement Programme with nine Universities in Wales, and is currently leading a London Retention Project with eleven Universities. Joan is a member of the Paul Hamlyn ‘What Works?’ Advisory Group, Action on Access Advisory Forum, the Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education (MWBHE), and the UUK Social Mobility Advisory Group – practitioners strand. She is also a Director of the Parent Promoters Foundation, a South London organisation dedicated to inclusive education.
Geoff Layer has been the Vice Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton since August 2011. Previously, he was Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Bradford.
He graduated from Newcastle Polytechnic with a LLB (Hons) and entered a teaching and research career initially in Manchester and then in Luton. He joined the Sheffield Business School in 1983 as a Lecturer in Law. Whilst at Sheffield Hallam University he established a suite of access and student support initiatives leading to the establishment of a national reputation for inclusive learning. He was an adviser to a range of national quality assurance and educational development initiatives and became Professor of Lifelong Learning in 1996.
Between 2000 and 2006 he was the Director of Action on Access, an agency established to advise HEFCE on its Widening Participation Strategy. He has been a consultant to Universities UK, Higher Education Quality Council and many universities in Widening Participation and Learning and Teaching Strategies. He was also Director of the HEFCE Innovations Co-ordination Team from 2000-2002.
Geoff is a member of the Black Country Local Economic Partnership, the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, the Equality Challenge Unit, the Higher Education Academy, the QAA Advisory Committee on Degree Awarding Powers and a trustee of the Open College Network West Midlands and the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of Leeds College of Music and was awarded the OBE for services to Higher Education in 2003.
Gregor works for Public Health England (PHE), a national agency in England responsible for protecting and improving the public’s health and for reducing health inequalities. Gregor leads a national public mental health programme that includes mental health promotion, mental illness prevention, suicide prevention and improving the health and wellbeing of people living with and recovering from mental illness. Gregor also leads for PHE on a programme of work on community centred approaches for improving the public’s health, and the development of wellbeing for PHE.
Gregor is an adviser to the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL), and part of the Global Wellbeing Lab, an international forum for progressing work on wellbeing.
In the UK, Gregor is on the Board of the What Works Centre for Wellbeing and is an adviser to the Place 2 Be, a national children’s mental health charity working in schools.
Gregor writes on mental health and wellbeing and has published a number of articles and book chapters. He also lectures across the UK, Europe, and internationally.
Dr Dominique Thompson has been a GP since 2000, and joined Bristol Students' Health Service (SHS) in 2002, after working as a forensic medical officer, expedition doctor, and for BPAS. She was appointed Director in 2010, and has since led an innovative drive to develop new services, particularly to support mental health. The Bristol Uni First Step primary care Eating Disorders service was successful enough to be rolled out to the whole city. In 2013 SHS was nominated GP Practice of the Year and Innovators of the Year. In 2014 the practice topped the UK's Sexual Health Services for 50 university practices surveyed. Our social media/blog received a special mention for their high quality. Dr Thompson is currently campaigning to reduce the risk of self harm by asking the BMA to lead a change in prescribing legislation, to allow instalment prescribing for antidepressants. She has recently been appointed to the new NICE Eating Disorders Guidelines Development Group. She was named as one of five GP heroes, in a national survey of GPs, by Pulse magazine, in September 2014.The most recent innovation at the practice is a new psychologist led, DBT-leaning service for students with Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder. The University Practice is shortlisted in this year’s Bristol Health and Care Awards, for GP Practice of the Year 2016.